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Dear Colleagues,

Currently significant progress in technology with large-scale biological data capturing and sophisticated bioinformatics analysis is revolutionizing biomedical research. Complex data sets are envisioned to provide the framework for a more holistic view on diseases. The tools of systems biology aim to reconstruct molecular networks of complex pathophysiological functions and to translate this into mathematical modelling of cells, organs, whole organisms, and even populations. The study of the dynamics of molecular mechanisms in time and space requires novel experimental techniques and theoretical concepts.

Therefore, major challenges still exist to avail of systems biology for hepatology and to translate the novel findings to personalised predictions and therapeutic strategies for patients with liver disease. The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) decided to organise the first dedicated liver meeting with a focus on systems biology. This timely conference aims to contribute to a European platform for systems biology and genetics of liver disease. It is endorsed by the European Cost Action for Systems Genetics (SYSGENET), the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), and the German Virtual Liver Network (BMBF).

During the two days of the conference, European and international experts will give a series of lectures highlighting current knowledge on various aspects of systems biology approaches to liver physiology and disease. The concept of this EASL Monothematic Conference to bring together systems biology experts and clinical hepatologists to foster the exchange of research tools and the understanding of clinical challenges. Space will be also reserved for poster presentations of original works in the field of systems biology and large-scale biological data capturing in liver disease.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Luxembourg in February 2013 for this exciting event.

Kind regards,

Frank Lammert

Steven Dooley

Andreas Teufel